09/09/09 272 W, 1 I - + 11 - 11 Prunes and Corks and Sink Holes, Oh My

'Tis is a weird week around the fire web. First found on firehouse.com, the Enterprise Record in Chico, CA, has the scoop on spilled prunes. Seven boxes that fell from the back of a semi-truck, snarled traffic, and sent firefighters to work with shovels. The result? Two hours of traffic delays and four collisions related therein. Plum story, to be sure. Next, would you believe flying corks at a vehicle fire? Firehouse.com also served up this AP story of a truck fire in Wamsutter, WY, where exploding wine bottles sent corks flying at responders. "My trooper got hit in the arm with one," notes a Highway Patrol member. Vintage story, there. And also uncorked by Firegeezer.

Ty Barbour/Enterprise Record Photo

Then there's that sink hole, which nearly swallowed an Los Angeles engine company, and inspired fire bloggers to new levels of punditry. Firegeezer: Fire Engine Gets That Sinking Feeling. Dave Statter: I Sink, Therefore I Am. And so on. The crew escaped, the truck was recovered, and everyone snapped amazing pictures. Deep story, we'll call that one.  Dave has also surfaced a neat video from New York City of a flaming taxi in midtown Manhattan. As he notes, "there's nothing spectacular about the video," but it's "what's going on around the fire" that's great. He and we are easily amused. Watch below or click for slightly larger version on YouTube. And a joke. What's worse than raining cats and dogs? Why, hailing taxis, of course.

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